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Open Thread: 7.20.06 vs. Texas Rangers

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Pitching Probables:
BOS Curt Schilling (11-3, 3.42 ERA)
TEX John Rheinecker (4-4, 4.82 ERA)

Crazy lineup today. David Ortiz gets the day off, so Wily Mo Pena gets the start at designated hitter. Mike Lowell also isn't playing because he has the stomach flu. That means Alex Cora will be at third base. Here's the full lineup:

cf Crisp
2b Loretta
1b Youkilis
lf Ramirez
c Varitek
dh Pena
rf Kapler
ss Gonzalez
3b Cora

Lefties are hitting only .178 against John Rheinecker, that's why Ortiz and Trot Nixon are sitting. Cora is the only left-handed batter in the lineup.

Odds are we won't see closer Jonathan Papelbon today. He has worked three straight games, earning three straight saves. Hopefully we won't need him in the ninth inning.